As principal sponsor, John Hancock provided the first prize purse in 1986 and continues that tradition today.
  • Top finishers have received more than $20 million in prize money and course-record bonuses over the past 35 years.
  • Prize money at the Boston Marathon is equally distributed amongst men and women in the Open, Masters, and Wheelchair Division.
  • The 126th Boston Marathon will feature a restructured prize purse that recognizes and celebrates world class performances in Boston, while maintaining the largest prize purse of the Abbott World Marathon Majors. Among the incentives debuting in October are equal course record bonuses for the Open and Wheelchair Divisions and the introduction of prize money for the inaugural Para Athletics Divisions. The Boston Marathon will make history as the first Abbott World Marathon Major event to offer equal $50,000 course record bonuses across open and wheelchair divisions, and the first event to provide a designated prize purse for athletes with upper limb, lower limb, and visual impairments.
Place Open Division Wheelchair Division Masters Division Para Divisions**
1st $150,000 $25,000 $5,000 $1,500
2nd $75,000 $15,000 $2,500 $750
3rd $40,000 $7,500 $1,500 $500
4th $25,000 $4,500    
5th $18,000 $2,500    
6th $13,500 $2,000    
7th $10,500 $1,500    
8th $8,500 $1,250    
9th $7,000 $1,000    
10th $5,500 $750    
TOTAL $706,000 $125,000* $18,000 $27,500
GRAND TOTAL  $879,500      

*Additionally, the men’s and women’s T51/T52/T33 class will receive $1,500 for 1st, $750 for 2nd and $500 for 3rd.

**$27,500 in prize money is awarded to Para athletes across five Para Athletics Divisions; more information on the Para Athletics Division prize purse can be found here.

  • Only open or masters athletes starting in the Professional starts are eligible for prize money.
  • The B.A.A. has discretion to add athletes to the Professional Men’s and Women’s Start based on an athlete’s past performances.
  • Within the Professional starts, prize money will be allocated based on gun-time.
  • The Boston Marathon is the first Abbott World Marathon Major event to offer equal $50,000 course record bonuses across open and wheelchair divisions. 
Open Course Record Bonus $50,000
Wheelchair Course Record Bonus $50,000
Boston Marathon Course Records
Geoffrey Mutai - 2:03:02 (2011) Marcel Hug - 1:18:04 (2017)
Buzunesh Deba - 2:19:59 (2014) Manuela Schär - 1:28:17 (2017)
  • Age group awards will be given to the top 3 in each division. 
  • Awards are courtesy of Long’s Jewelers.